Ban on forced labour products not included in Due Diligence Proposal
Last Wednesday, the European Commission presented its Communication on Decent Work Worldwide including the planning of an instrument to ban forced labour products.
Although the European Parliament had repeatedly asked for it, the European Commission decided not to include an instrument to ban forced labour products in the HRDD/ Sustainable Corporate Governance Draft Proposal. However, it decided that the ban on forced labour products will be addressed in future legislation. In the meantime, it presented a communication without any approximate timetable for the publication of this instrument.
President von der Leyen addressed new legislative instrument to effectively ban products made by forced labour from entering the EU market in her State of the Union address 2021. The Commission states that this instrument will cover goods produced inside and outside the EU, combining a ban with a robust enforcement framework. It will build on international standards and complement existing horizontal and sectoral EU initiatives, in particular the due diligence and transparency obligations.
However, the Communication did not go into further detail but referred to: